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NYATN Members Help Organize Training Institute on Human Trafficking

NYATN members Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant and Women Children Project, and Safe Horizon helped to organize the upcoming Training Institute on Human Trafficking Prevention: Health and Human Service Concerns for At-Risk Women and Youth.  The meeting will take place on October 17 – 18, 2012 at 8:00am – 4:30pm, at the Jacob Javitz Federal Building, 26 Federal Plaza, 6th Floor Conference Center, New York, NY 10278.  The second day of the training will feature the curriculum from the Freedom Network Training Institute.  The deadline to register is October 3, 2012.  This training is free, but space is limited.  Register here.

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UJC’s Sex Workers Project Releases New Report on Human Trafficking Pipeline from Mexico to New York City

Today, NYATN member Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center announces its release of its new report “The Road North: The Role of Gender, Poverty and Violence in Trafficking from Mexico to the U.S.”  The report “identifies root causes of this trafficking pipeline, alongside first-­‐hand accounts.”  It makes specific policy recommendations for both the Mexican and U.S. governments and makes recommendations for non-governmental organizations with an eye towards trafficking prevention.  Click here for more information.  Also available in Spanish.

The Emancipation Proclamation and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act

Update: President Obama signed the bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act on March 7, 2013.  Congress voted to reauthorize 286-138.

September 22, 2012 is the 150th anniversary of the preliminary decree for the Emancipation Proclamation.  In honor of this landmark date, NYATN members Safe Horizon and Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and ally Rabbis for Human Rights – North America wrote op-eds on the importance of reauthorizing the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, the cornerstone of anti-trafficking law in the United States, which outlaws human trafficking, forced labor, and involuntary servitude.

NYATN Member Sienna Baskin in the News

NYATN member Sienna Baskin, co-director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center, was quoted in an The Christian Science Monitor‘s cover story on “Human Trafficking: A Misunderstood Global Scourge.”  The article says in part:

“‘To throw the net and label all prostitution as trafficking is too broad,’ says Sienna Baskin, codirector of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center, a group that provides services to commercial sex workers – those who have been trafficked as well as those who say they were not manipulated into prostitution. ‘It doesn’t recognize that people have a really wide array of experiences in commercial sex; it also means that you’re trying to put the same solution on a bunch of different problems.'” Read the article here.

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